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At Lane End Primary School, reading is taught in a variety of ways to ensure children acquire the breadth of skills needed to develop a love for reading.

Individual Reading Books

Each child has a reading book to take home.  In Reception and KS1 this book will be phonetically decodable and will be closely matched to the child's phonic knowledge.  Books are matched closely to the validated SSP, Lesley Clarke's Letters and Sounds.  

Once children have finished the Phonics programme, they continue their reading journey through Accelerated Reader. 

Children complete a STAR reading assessment which identifies their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development).  Children can select their own books from our Book Nook.  Once a child finishes their book, they then complete a quiz which assesses their understanding of the text.  Selected texts and quiz results are closely monitored by staff to ensure timely support is provided where needed.  Children are encouraged to read a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays.

For further parent information on Accelerated Reader, visit https://help.renlearn.co.uk/AR/ARParentGuide

Guided Reading

Principles of Guided Reading

The key difference between hearing individual readers and using guided reading sessions is that Guided Reading is very much focused on the teaching of reading skills within word, sentence and text level. At Lane End Primary School, we teach whole-class guided reading sessions from Year 2 through to Year 6.  In Year 1, children work in small groups applying their phonic knowledge to decoable texts.

At KS1 the focus is more towards decoding, understanding how different genres of books work and reading words within a sentence. At KS2, the focus shifts more towards comprehension and developing higher order reading skills across a range of genres.

In KS1, each guided reading session lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes.

In KS2, each guided reading session lasts approximately 45 minutes. 

Lessons are divided into four parts and follow the structure below:

Part 1: Focus on vocabulary

Part 2:  Just Read

Part 3:  Children closely analyse an extract from the text read in Part 2.

Part 4:  Comprehension tasks.  Children apply their learning to a variety of comprehension activities linked to the progression map.  

Within each part of the lesson, the children will be challenged to a variety of activities which will help to develop retrieval, inference and deduction skills.  This may include:

  • Quick-fire 'Find and Copy'
  • Vocabulary checker
  • Ordering events
  • True or false 
  • Fact or opinion
  • PEA paragraphs

Shared Reading

This activity takes place throughout the day and across a range of subjects in the curriculum. A wide range of texts are shared with the whole class which is usually above the reading level of the children. The class teacher models using the reading skills that are taught in guided reading to reinforce and give purpose to the children’s learning.

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